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West Norfolk councillor's anger over environment fuelled by transatlantic challenge

After nearly 250 nominations were received across England and Wales, a West Norfolk councillor has been shortlisted for an environment award.

Independent Sandra Squire, who represents Terrington as well as Marshland North for the county council, will be attending the awards ceremony at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Westminster on November 5.

It is the tenth year that the Councillor Achievement Awards for Environment and Sustainability Pioneer have taken place to highlight what local councillors do for their communities.

Councillor Sandra Squire
Councillor Sandra Squire

Cllr Squire said she became more involved with environmental policy, in particular the ocean, after completing a transatlantic yacht race in 2018.

Mrs Squire said: “I was really, really stunned when I received a notification saying I had been nominated.

“It makes me laugh as I come up with some ideas to get through council but you cannot do anything on your own. The award should be for everyone.”

Mrs Squire said she received more than one nomination and believes deputy leader at county council, Graham Plant, put her forward.

She added: “The environment should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind as it is indisputable.

“After going across the ocean I came back very angry, and I am lucky and privileged to be able to bring things through council on the environment.”

The awards are hosted by the Local Government information Unit (LGiU) and CCLA Investment Management Limited.

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGiU, said: “This year’s shortlist is by far one of the most impressive we have seen to date, showcasing the achievements of the best and brightest councillors up and down the country.

“These councillors deliver for their communities in increasingly challenging and hostile times alongside severe budget constraints.”

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